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Arsenal: Mikel Arteta will miss Man City clash after positive Covid test

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, whose positive Covid test in March 2020 triggered the shutdown of the Premier League, tests positive for the virus AGAIN and will miss their clash with league leaders Manchester City on New Year’s Day


Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City after testing positive for Covid, nearly two years on from first contracting the virus. 

The Spaniard previously tested positive in March 2020, shortly before English football was shutdown as the country tried to get a grip of the pandemic.

And Arsenal have confirmed that the manager will not be on the touchline for their game with the Premier League leaders at the Emirates Stadium having tested positive again. 

‘This is really disappointing,’ said Arteta, 37, via BBC Sport. ‘I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.’

Arsenal have now closed the club’s London Colney training ground and club staff who had recent contact with the Spaniard will now self isolate. 

The Gunners were due to play Wolves on Tuesday but the game was postponed after the Molineux outfit were unable to field a side owing to Covid cases and injuries to Bruno Lage’s squad. 

More to follow. 

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